Downton Abbey most likely to end with Dowager Countess’s death or Lady Mary’s marriage

We've got the lowdown on the most likely way the period drama will call it a day (and it's not Robert leaving the estate to the National Trust)

Julian Fellowes’ hit ITV period drama is coming to a close later this year – and we know that our autumnal Sunday evenings will never be the same again.


What we don’t know? How the drama will end.

Even the cast are in the dark about those final few scenes. “I haven’t read the series finale,” admitted star Hugh Bonneville during a panel discussion at the Writers Guild this weekend, before creator Julian Fellowes revealed the reason for that: he hasn’t even written it yet.

So while we – and the cast – wait to find out for sure what Fellowes has in store, has the lowdown on the most likely scenarios for the drama’s last ever episode. And it seems we’ll be reaching for either the tissues or the confetti…

The most likely events to take place in the Downton Abbey finale are Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary saying ‘I do’ – and the Dowager Countess breathing her last. Bookies have given widowed Lady Mary odds of 2/1 to get married for the second time, while the death of Maggie Smith’s ageing Dowager is a worryingly likely 3/1.  

More wedding bells could be on the horizon too, with Lady Edith’s nuptials getting odds of 7/2, while there is bad news for fans of Downton’s downstairs couple Anna and Bates. Their future happiness is still hanging in the balance, as Bates standing trial and being found guilty of Green’s murder comes in with odds of 4/1. 

Less likely scenarios for the season six finale include Bonneville’s Earl of Grantham giving the Downton estate in its entirety to the National Trust (25/1) and the entire Crawley family relocating to the United States (40/1). So we can be fairly certain that the final credits will roll while the Crawleys still live at the Abbey.

Phew. At least we’ve got that. 

Odds provided by Paddy Power 


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